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Famous Okay Poems by Famous Poets

These are examples of famous Okay poems written by some of the greatest and most-well-known modern and classical poets. PoetrySoup is a great educational poetry resource of famous okay poems. These examples illustrate what a famous okay poem looks like and its form, scheme, or style (where appropriate).

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by Estep, Maggie
...ant to know.

"So what's your name anyway?" My stylist demands then.
"Uh, Maggie."
"Maggie? Well, that's an okay name, but my name is Suzy."
"Yeah, so?"
"Yeah so it ain't just Suzy S.U.Z.Y, I spell it S.U.Z.E.E, the extra
"e" is for extra Suzee."

I nod emphatically.

Suzee tells me when she's not busy chopping hair, she works as an exotic
dancer at night to support her boyfriend named Rocco. Suzee loves Rocco,
she loves...Read more of this...



by Service, Robert William
...voice outrang,
And shaving them by just a hair a blazing rod went bang.
The sleigh jerked to a sharp stand-still: "Okay," drawled Bill Jerome,
"Could be, this guy who aims to kill is Black Moran from Nome."

"You lousy crooks," the bandit cried; "You're slickly heeled I know;
Come, make it snappy, dump outside your booty in the snow."
The gambling pair went putty pale; they crimped as if with cold.
And heaved upon the icy trail two hefty pokes of gold.

T...Read more of this...

by Webb, Charles
...It's okay if the world goes with Venetian;
Who cares what Italians don't see?--
Or with Man's Bluff (a temporary problem
Healed by shrieks and cheating)--or with date:
Three hours of squirming repaid by laughs for years.

But when an old woman, already deaf,
Wakes from a night of headaches, and the dark
Won't disappear--when doctors call like tedious
Birds, "...Read more of this...

by Carver, Raymond
...You were in a dream,
you said later, where you'd arrived
early for the dance. But after
a moment's anxiety you were okay
because it was really a sidewalk
sale, and the shoes you were wearing,
or not wearing, were fine for that.

 *

"Help me," I said. And tried to hoist
my arm. But it just lay there, aching,
unable to rise on its own. Even after
you said, "What is it? What's wrong?"
it stayed put -- deaf, unmoved
by any expression of fear or amazement....Read more of this...

by Service, Robert William
...set free,
And with no pesky social ties,
Why, even poverty may be
A benediction in disguise."

He lost his health: "Okay," he said;
"I'm getting on, may be the best.
I've always loved to lie abed,
And now I have the right to rest.
Such heaps o' things I want to do,
I'll have no time to fret or brood.
I'll read the dam ol' Bible through:
Guess it'll do me plenty good."

He has that line of sunny shine
That makes a blessing of a curse,
And he would say: "Don...Read more of this...



by Sexton, Anne
...fighting to win millions for myself, it's true.
But I did win," and me praying for "our men out there"
just made it okay to be an orphan whose blood was no one's,
whose curls were hung up on a wire machine and electrified,
while you built and unbuilt intrigues called nations,
and did in the bad ones, always, always,
and always came at my perils, the black Christs of childhood,
always came when my heart stood naked in the street
and they threw apples at it or twelve-day-ol...Read more of this...

by Zaran, Lisa
...nkenness 
and cigarettes. 
The fools hour. 

In my dreams, 
I still smoke, cigarette after cigarette. 
It's okay, I'm dreaming. 
In dreams, smoking can't kill me. 

It's warm outside. 
I have every window open. 
There's no such thing as danger, 
only the dangerous face of beauty. 

I am hanging at my window 
like a houseplant. 
I am smoking a cigarette. 
I am having a drink. 

The pale, blue moon is shining. 
The savage stars ap...Read more of this...

by Hikmet, Nazim
...deckhand has every right to be afraid.
 The rage of the China Sea is not to be taken lightly. 
 N.H.]

Okay, let's keep it short.
PLOP...
What's that?
A rectangular piece of canvas dropped from the air
 into the crows nest.
The canvas
 was some kind of woman!
It struck me this madame who came from the sky
 would never understand
 our seamen's talk and ways.
I got right down and kissed her hand,
 and making like a poet, I cried:
"O you ...Read more of this...

by Zaran, Lisa
...Born woman. Go on. 
It's farther than it seems, 
but okay. 

Credit card's been stolen. 
Go on. 

Above all, remember, 
whenever you cry, 
husbands roll their eyes, 

and children worry. 

Go on. 

The father that was yours 
gets killed by a lung disease. 

He loved you, at least you think so. 
Go on. 

Drink, smoke, do drugs. 

Go on. 

Drag your crippled bones 
to work...Read more of this...

by Silverstein, Shel
...GOD says to me with a kind 
of smile, "Hey how would you like 
to be God awhile And steer the world?"
"Okay," says I, "I'll give it a try.

Where do I set?
How much do I get?
What time is lunch?
When can I quit?"

"Gimme back that wheel," says GOD.
"I don't think you're quite ready YET."...Read more of this...

by Edgar, Marriott
...'em?' says Nelson, 
Says Joe 'Nay lad, not today.' 
And 'Ardy says, 'Aye, well let's toss up.'
'Oratio answers 'Okay.' 

They tossed... it were heads for attacking, 
And tails for t'other way 'bout. 
Joe lent them his two-headed penny, 
So the answer was never in doubt. 

When penny came down 'ead side uppards, 
They was in for a do it were plain, 
And Joe murmered 'Shiver me timbers.' 
And Nelson kissed 'Ardy again. 

And then, taking ...Read more of this...

by Estep, Maggie
...run in the shower
and torture ourselves by not letting ourselves urinate
as the water rushes loudly 
into the bathrub, okay?

We'll do it together
writhe in utter agony
Just you and me
and I'll even spring for some of that blue ****
for the toilet bowl, all right?
I mean, that's my idea of a good time
so how bout it, you wanna?

The guy backs up a bit
Whatsa matter, Baby?
You got somethin' against men?, he says
No, I say
I don't have anything against men
Just STUPID men...Read more of this...

by Pinsky, Robert
...rent people in the building, he jokes,
He feels if he keeps her alive until the father

Gets home from work, they'll be okay till morning.
It's laughter versus the bedroom and the pills.
What is he in his efforts but a courtier?

Impossible to tell his whole delusion.
In the first months when I had moved back East
From California and had to leave a message

On Bob's machine, I used to make a habit
Of telling the tape a joke; and part-way through,
I would pretend t...Read more of this...

by Cisneros, Sandra
...e again
and old ghosts come back home.
I’m sitting by the Christmas tree
wondering where did we go wrong.

Okay, we didn’t work, and all
memories to tell you the truth aren’t good.
But sometimes there were good times.
Love was good. I loved your crooked sleep
beside me and never dreamed afraid.

There should be stars for great wars
like ours. There ought to be awards
and plenty of champagne for the survivors.

After all the years...Read more of this...

by Brautigan, Richard
...nd windows, turn left and you'll find the

used plumbing department. Here's my card if you need any

help. "

 "Okay, " I said. "You've been a great help already. Thanks

a lot. I'11 take a look around."

 "Good luck, " he said.

 I went upstairs and there were thousands of doors there.

I'd never seen so many doors before in my life. You could

have built an entire city out of those doors. Doorstown. And

there were enough windows ...Read more of this...

by Szymborska, Wislawa
...tle sings!
and please remain calm,
and heaven and earth shall pass away,
but not pi, that won't happen,
it still has an okay five,
and quite a fine eight,
and all but final seven,
prodding and prodding a plodding eternity
to last....Read more of this...

by Sexton, Anne
...get out.
No bigger than a two-year-old
whom you'd call lamb chop
yet this one is old and malformed.
His head is okay
but the rest of him wasn't Sanforized?
He is a monster of despair.
He is all decay.
He speaks up as tiny as an earphone
with Truman's asexual voice:
I am your dwarf.
I am the enemy within.
I am the boss of your dreams.
No. I am not the law in your mind,
the grandfather of watchfulness.
I am the law of your members,
the kindre...Read more of this...

by Berman, David
...urns out to be something on my contact, carports and white
courtesy phones are spontaneously reappreciated
 and random "okay"s ring through the backyards.

This morning I discovered the red tints in cola
 when I held a glass of it up to the light
and found an expensive flashlight in the pocket of a winter coat
 I was packing away for summer.

It all reminds me of that moment when you take off your sunglasses
after a long drive and realize it's earlier
and lighter out ...Read more of this...

by Sexton, Anne
...ood.

5.

I checked out for the last time
on the first of May;
graduate of the mental cases,
with my analysts's okay,
my complete book of rhymes,
my typewriter and my suitcases.

All that summer I learned life
back into my own
seven rooms, visited the swan boats,
the market, answered the phone,
served cocktails as a wife
should, made love among my petticoats

and August tan. And you came each
weekend. But I lie.
You seldom came. I just pretended
yo...Read more of this...

by Miller, Alice Duer
...
Englishmen uncovered, and I began to cry. 

XXXVI 
'We're here to end it, by jingo.' 
'We'll lick the Heinies okay.' 
'I can't get on to the lingo.' 
'Dumb-they don't get what we say.' 
'Call that stuff coffee? You oughter 
Know better. Gee, take it away.' 
'Oh, for a drink of ice water! ' 
'They think nut-sundae's a day.' 

'Say, is this chicken feed money?'
'Say, does it rain every day?'
'Say, Lady, isn't it funny
Every one drives the wrong...Read more of this...

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